Victor J. Stenger

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Are science and religion compatible, or are they fundamentally different ways of viewing the world?  In the book, God and the Folly of Faith: The Incompatibility of Science and Religion (Prometheus, 2012), physicist Victor Stenger uses his knowledge of science to argue that the latter option is the case.  Though acknowledging that some (though not many) prominent scientists are theists, Stenger argues that, fundamentally, science and religion not only clash, but that religion has historically impeded the progress of science.  Stenger argues that despite the common apologistic argument that science cannot prove the non-existence of God, we can take the asbence of evidence as evidence of absence – particularly when the evidence should be there.   Distinguishing faith from trust, conflict from incompatibility, and religion from unreason, Dr. Stenger firmly stands science’s ground in attempting to explain both our outer and inner worlds.  He also emphasizes the efficiency of the scientific method, and the importance of realizing that “the plural of anecdote is not data.”

Dr. Stenger’s newest book, which just came out in April 2013, is called God and the Atom (Prometheus, 2013). 

Audio interview below.

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